Congress Street IPA | Trillium Brewing Company

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Congress Street IPACongress Street IPA
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Brewed by:
Trillium Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship American IPA highlights the distinctively aromatic Australian Galaxy hop. The nose bursts with pine, citrus rind, melon and pineapple. Pronounced flavors of peach, clementine, and tropical fruits are accentuated with moderate bitterness and balanced by a light, biscuity malt character.

MALT: American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine, Dextrose

HOPS: Galaxy, Columbus

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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 1,427
Photo of rjp217
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Filled a growler today at the brewery.

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Beautiful looking pour which leaves a light orange color with a one finger head that dissipates fairly soon with a nice lace.

S - Very fruit forward! Grapefruits, peaches, oranges. Very inviting.

T - Awesome. Follows the nose. Fruit forward taste followed by some bready biscuit details and finishes fairly dry but not overly bitter. Hops are somewhat muted for me but it rounds out really nicely.

M - Really a pleasure here. Crisp, clean and smooth. Almost perfect.

O - Wow, this is fantastic. One of the best IPAs out there. Blends together so so well. Trillium is flying under the radar right now and they are consistently pumping out excellent offerings.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been lucky enough to try a few beers from Trillium over the past few weeks. This one is the best I've had.

A: Pours a glowing dark golden color with a lively one finger bone white head. A good amount of lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Smells fantastic. Lots of fruit notes pop out right away. Mango, melon a little bit of peach candy rings, kiwi and green papaya. Some caramel and a light bit of herbaceous hops. You really get something new everytime you get close to the glass.

T: I think what impresses me the most about Trillium's beers is how clean they are. This is no different. Opens with mango, peach and some caramel. The middle brings just a tickle of piney hop bitterness, which falls off into a finish of dried mango, earthy malt and a light but lingering herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is on point. Just a fantastic beer from Trillium. Can't wait to try more from them.

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Photo of bobv
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks nice.
Smells nice.
Tastes nice.
Feels good.
Overall: Maybe if this was a bit fresher it would have been nicer, but, as it is, it's like every other real good IPA. Really good! I was slightly more impressed with their Fort Point.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky straw color under a frothy white head that sticks to the glass. Fruity aromas like mango, orange, and papaya meet more of a green hoppy spice. Tastes of unripe fruit, creamy tangerines, and light scalliony dankness. Pretty light and soft in the mouth. Nice, if nothing special. I’d love to try the Double Dry Hopped variety.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Growler poured into a CBS snifter.

A: Hazy deep gold, with two fingers of billowing white head that linger for a long time. Just the perfect image of what an IPA is supposed to look like.

S: Wow. HUGE tropical notes. Pineapple and mango really pop. Grapefruit citrus notes follow. This creamy, malt character lingers. Perfect.

T: Huge, juicy citrus just abounds. Tropical fruits and this wave of peach just wash over my palate. Creamy, bready malt and the perfect twinge of bitterness. I love Galaxy hops.

M: Creamy, smooth and nicely carbonated. Just a hint more body and this would be my dream beer.

O: This is just spectacular. Fort Point Pale Ale put Trillium on my radar. That beer is excellent. This beer is another level. It's just phenomenal. Easily the best single IPA I've ever had. Sits behind Ephraim, Double Galaxy and maybe Abner as my favorite hoppy beer of all-time. I though Julius was good, this is even better. Massachusetts is making waves with their IPAs. An absolute must try.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler was poured into a perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow color with slight vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Tropical, grassy, pungent, floral, grassy, herbal, pilsner malts, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, medium carbonation, medium bodied, and mild tingly bitterness.

Overall: Pretty solid IPA. You can never go wrong.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a glass

A - Yellow-orange, thick, creamy head

S - Lovely citrus hoppy aroma

T - Follows the nose, excellent

M - So nice and creamy for an IPA, a real change of pace

O - this is one of the best IPAs I've had, not quite the best, but this is probably in the top 10. Will seek this out again.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Review of previous had. On tap. Did they serve me orange juice? Great lacing also. Smells like bitter orange peel. Taste is much juicier. Blend of citrus but not without a great presence of bitter. Carbonation is appropriate and this beer is a bit creamy in a way. Fantastic feel. I haven't had this in over a year. Not sure if they've changed it, but I like it more now.

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Photo of thebigredone
4.02/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great IPA from Trillium. Personally I prefer a couple of the others I've had, Melcher, Pier, etc., but I wouldn't throw any of them out of bed.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer that's been in a growler for a week

The beer pours a very nice and creamy white that lasts a bit but dissipates quicker than what I would have liked. The head does not dissipate completely and still leaves a film after it has dissipated from the middle. The beer itself is a very clear orange amber.

The beer has a nice citrus and sweet smell to it. The orange rind and citrus hops dominate the smell but is lightly balanced with sweet malts.

The taste is similar to the smell but hoppier and with different types of hops. The hops taste is closer to a grapefruit rind with hints of citrus and a slight sweet malty backbone. Despite all the hops, the beer still seems to have a hint of sweetness to balance out the flowery hops.

The beer is very smooth and medium bodied but feels lighter. The carbonation is biting. The IPA has a surprisingly clean feel to it with some light carbonation.

Overall, an extremely impressive IPA and one to be proud of. I would say that this IPA should rank among the best and will as soon as the brewery grows a little bit more.

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Photo of doremite
4.35/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic easy drinking IPA. Local so have only experienced through refillables within 3 days of purchase. Bright and has an earthly funk to the hop profile that doesn't impeded it's ease. Continually impressed by Trilliums hop forward stuff and Congress is no exception. This is one of their better creations and should be a constant.

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Photo of Keananmichael5
4.33/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Solid balance of malt and dry hop. Similar in taste to four point but more hoppy as it should be. Great warm weather beer that has a balanced taste

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dates 2/10/16.

Pours murky and turbid gold. Dense, whipped head of stark white. A solid skim coat on the surface with a myriad of tattered lacework for the duration.

Aromatics are pungent and floral. Awash with tropical fruit and dankness. Peach fuzz, melon pulp, pineapple pith, grapefruit oil and tangerine zest. Phenolic undertones follow though.

Creamy and silky mouthfeel with a medium bodied. The oat-like silkiness is nice but takes away some of the crispness.

Ripe, juicy fruit starts the palate. Grapefruit, white peach, mango, and melons. Zero malt and very dry.

Finishes with lingering tropical, dank hops and a smooth but firm bitterness.

Great beer and super fresh.

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Photo of Roguer
4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful hazy golden-yellow brew, topped with a sizable snow white, fluffy head. Great retention and very nice lacing.

Very fruit-forward hop aroma: light citrus (lemon, orange, ruby red grapefruit pulp) and tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, starfruit), herbal and slightly dank. Just a bit of sweet pale malt grains wafting in the background.

Flavor is what you'd expect from that hop profile: sweet and juicy. Emphasis is on the tropical fruit (again with starfruit and mango), with just a hint of grapefruit juice and peel in the flavor profile, and a dank, sticky sweetness. Pale malt biscuit and sweetness throughout, but the sharp hops cut through it all: sharply on the front, dank and lingering on the back-end.

Very lively brew, smooth and silky, with an oily retention. Bitterness and hop oils linger for a while; relatively short, dry finish to the bulk of the flavor, with only the hop oils remaining. Very drinkable, with a medium overall feel, somewhere between a beer you can gulp and a beer you have to sip.

An excellent brew overall, which beautifully showcases the modern, fruity hop profiles that have come to dominate the boutique brews on the market. Drinks like a DIPA as far as the hop blast, but the balance and ABV are single-IPA territory.

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Photo of Omnium
4.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler > Pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy orange cold 2 fingers of really some thick white head with thick lacing.
S - Big juicy hop aroma, lots of white grape, mango, and some nice dankness, a little rye.
T - You get those big juicy fruit flavors front and on the end, but a nice pine dankness in the middle, fresh bread malt, and some spicy rye and peppery on the end.
M - No trace of the 7.2, more on the full side, love the lush feeling of this beer though.
O - Outstanding IPA, lots of fresh flavor in it, with just a touch of rye and spice bite. Great work Trillium!

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Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 bottle dated 3/17/2015 into snifter.

A: Pale sunshine yellow with 3 finger fluffy white head that lasts forever and sits like a marshmallow cap. Significant lacing.

S: Bright ctirus, grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, and dank hops.

T: Fairly citrus forward with some underlying earthy and floral hops.

M: Medium body with a dry bitter finish. Very easy drinking and almost crushable.

O: Another nice IPA from Trillium. Just wish I could get these regularly in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.99/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/02/14 (yesterday). Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light straw color, opaque, with three fingers of pillowy head. Generous, intricate lacing and superb retention.

S: White grapefruit and orange, a light bready malt, a soft almost creamy note.

T: A bit of grassiness (maybe it’s pine), some light maltiness, and finishing with a light, fuzzy bitterness on the palate.

M: Light carbonation and medium-light body. Has that soft, farmhouse-y feel.

O: A nice effort. Very easy drinking, though a bit lighter on the flavors (approaching pale ale territory) rather than your typical big, flavorful IPA.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Please, sir, may I have another? comes to mind. Poured from the bottle into a Teku glass. Vibrant tangerine body swept golden and yellow with a finger of pillowy, white head. Grapefruit and peach and pineapple all around: luscious fruity notes. A mouthfeel like feathers being dragged across your tongue. Refreshing, crisp, sensual, delicious.

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Photo of Damian
4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 32 fl. oz. growler purchased at Trillium Brewing Company, Boston, MA
Served in a pint glass

The super hazy, yellow ochre colored beer was topped by a tight, creamy, one-finger crop of off-white foam. Solid retention. Streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

The aroma was bursting with hops. Incredibly dank, weed-like hop notes dominated. Amazingly fruity and semi-sweet. Tons of peach and nectarine notes. Lots of orange zest as well. There was also a noticeable tropical fruit presence. Hints of mango were detectible.

The flavor profile was really solid as well but, compared to the nose, it was definitely more dry and pithy. A pale malt backbone anchored the beer on the front end before the hops took over. Super intense citrus notes. Loads of bitter orange peel and juicy tangerine notes. Good dose of peach and apricot. Some earthy hops came through as well. The finish was crisp, dry and bitter and contained a strong grapefruit rind-like pithiness. The bitterness lingered on my palate long after each sip.

The mouthfeel was surprisingly light and highly effervescent for the style. Once the liquid settled, it turned creamy, supple and smooth.

Congress Street IPA is another fantastic offering from my favorite Boston brewery. Although this beer was definitely not as complex or as drinkable as their stellar Fort Point Pale Ale, it was super tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.61/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow/straw colored body with a bubbly white head. Loads of tiny bubbles in this beer and it comes through in the mouthfeel. Not sure what yeast is used, but it really brightens this beer up. Loads of carb almost like a bretted saison. Citrus rind bitterness on the tongue and a big fruity and juicy nose. This is really a fantastic and also different IPA. I'd choose this over a lot of the heavy hitters out there because of that. Easy to drink and quite tasty.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Yet another hazy, orange juice appearance with a creamy white head. I enjoy the hazy beers but Trillium sure doesn't offer much in the way of variety in how their beers look, that's for sure. But you know what? I love it.

Anyway, the aroma is a subtle balance of pine, orange, pineapple, and what seems to be pepper? I can't quite tell. Anyway, it's beautiful.

The taste is creamy and citrusy, with the piney hop resin coming in full throttle at the end. Definitely a far more subtle tasting IPA than I expected, considering the hype. But this is not a bad thing by any means. I expected something more akin to a typical "hop bomb", but got a beer far more balanced and creamy. Love it.

The carbonation is moderate with the alcohol being well hidden. This beer has a very thick, creamy feel to it that I can always appreciate.

Overall, one of the best IPA's I've ever had. An absolutely fantastic offering from Trillium, who continue to blow my mind every time I go to Boston for a visit.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.88/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 32 oz. growler. Filled on 4/16/2014.

Appearance: Hazy dark gold. Settles out a bit as it warms. Super creamy and fluffy white head. Sticky sheets and notches of lacing. Solid head retention for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Definitely tropical. Mango and peach with a nice layer of juicy grapefruit thrown in for good measure. Sweet and fruity. Malts are on the lighter side, with a mild toasted edge and some bready characteristics. Light, slightly earthy yeast with some mild fruity esters. Some citrus rind and lime. A touch pithy with some lingering bitterness. Well balanced, true to the East coast style. Some pale malt sweetness. A bit of juicy fruit. Big bitterness sits on the back. Some pine layered with all the tropical fruit.

Taste: A nice balance of tropical fruit, mainly peach and mango, with some underlying floral and citrus notes. Solidly but not bracingly bitter. A touch of mildly earthy yeast. Clean profile overall with a solid sweetness from the pale malts. A bit of powdery yeast as well. Some biscuit dough. Mild lingering bitterness. Some grapefruit as well. Pushes deeper citrus leaning toward lime with some good floral elements. Fruity hops push a vague sweetness. Woody green branches.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, almost creamy. Drinks so easy. Moderate carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Crush it, bring it back, and repeat.

Not playing the hop smash game. This is a straight drinking "east coast" IPA with a bit more hop presence. frills, just a beer for drinking.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A 3/30/15 dated bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Pours a very, very milky/cloudy pale orange to yellow. Looks like a glass of pale orange juice. Big white, fluffy head leaves a decent amount of lacing and a thin ring and film on top.

Smells very good, but nothing overwhelming. Very citrusy with a bit of a champagne or white wine like sourness. Slightly pungent hop oil. Light malts.

When it comes to the drinking of it part, things get more interesting. It is a blast of zesty orange, grapefruit, and some lemongrass in that order. Then some green grape sweet and sour, and closes with a piney/herbal bite, but not real bitter. Alcohol is a non-factor.

The body is pretty solid, but easy drinking. Definitely a crisp, almost champagne like carbonation middle to end.

I am kind of all over the place with this one. I always try to rate as close to style as possible to be fair, but this one screams Double/ Imperial IPA to me. Getting harder these days. All of the kick ass ipas are drinking like imperials. This one is like a Dirt Wolf on steroids. The flavors are crazy good, but I am not a big fan of the carbonation/sparkly feel. I guess in the end, it is all about what it tastes like. To me, it is a World Class beer. No White Rajah though ;)

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Photo of agreenman19
4.71/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - hazy medium orange. Beautiful and piercing. Very consistent color through and through. Just a pleasant beer to look at.

S - very nice. Bright, yet subtle juicy flavors of pine and citrus. Begins smooth and ends smooth. Slight dankness in the end.

T - that smidgen of dank in the nose carries SEAMLESSY into the taste. Wow, huge dank pine blast up front, coasting throughout the entire experience. Clean, lemony zest with a good balance of floral hops. The finish is an upswing with mild hop bitterness that lingers ever so slightly.

F - lush and smooth. Bountiful. Complements the rest of the beer amazingly.

O - the transitions in this beer are out of this world. Among the best I've had. The nose leading into the taste, and then the lazy twists and turns, finishing on a hoppy high note are insanely well-done.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.55/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Trillium's flagship brew (or is it Fort Point?) is tremendous. Really strong orange rind, grapefruit..more bitterness than other Trillium beers I've had.

One thing I've noticed is all of their hoppy beers look the same - opaque golden yellow. I guess that's their trademark. Not complaining..

Anyway, another winner from Trillium. Not their best though..that title (so far) belongs to DDH Sleeper Street. I see this one getting lost in the shuffle with me going forward.

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Congress Street IPA from Trillium Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.